Published: Mon, October 22, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

'Extremely dangerous' Hurricane Willa aims for Mexico's west

'Extremely dangerous' Hurricane Willa aims for Mexico's west

At the time of landfall, the wind shear could pick up prompting debilitating of the system, however, it should still remain a strong and unsafe hurricane while moving inland late Tuesday and into Wednesday.

"Willa is an extremely risky category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale".

Hurricane force winds extended 48 kilometres from the storm's core and tropical storm force winds were up to 145 kilometres out.

The center said Willa was about 175 miles south-southwest of Las Islas Marias, Mexico, and some 135 miles southwest of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico, and was moving north at about 7 mph.

At present, storm Willa is heading north-northwestwards, however, the system will gradually recurve northwards on Monday and then north-northeastwards by Tuesday.

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"While some weakening is forecast by tonight and Tuesday, Willa is expected to be a unsafe hurricane when it reaches the coast of Mexico late Tuesday or early Wednesday", it said.

Mexico has issued an alert for parts of its Pacific seaboard as it prepares for the "life-threatening" category five storm Hurricane Willa.

It will then weaken slightly before making landfall but will still be a risky hurricane when it does hit. "Willa is forecast to accelerate toward the north-northeast and move over or very near the Islas Marias early Tuesday and make landfall along the southwestern coast of mainland Mexico in the hurricane warning area late Tuesday or Tuesday night", according to the NHC.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Vicente appeared to be a less potent threat further south. Forecasters said it was likely to remain just offshore or near Mexico's southern Pacific coast through Monday night and perhaps edge ashore on Tuesday.

To add to the woes, the Tropical Storm Vicente will also threaten Mexico with heavy downpours in the coming days. A tropical storm warning is in effect for another 190 miles of coast, from San Blan to Playa Perula.

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